Just spent seven hours in the car traveling back from Chadron, Nebraska, to Lincoln. I was in Chadron to present a paper and participate in a roundtable at a conference about Mari Sandoz and the Great Plains environment, sponsored by the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center and the Nebraska Statewide Aboretum. If you have not read any of Mari's work, I strongly recommend it. Start with Old Jules, and also be sure to read Cheyenne Autumn and Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of the Oglalas; then explore her wider body of work. Helen Stauffer's biography of Mari is also worth reading.